Madison, AL asked in Federal Crimes and Criminal Law for Alabama

Q: I was on imvu girl claimed to be over 18 had no idea she was 13 till i asked she persuaded me sexually should i worry

Im bipolar dont understand law and if reported how long before arrest

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Samuel G McKerall

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Gulf Shores, AL

A: Yes, you should worry. You posted this under "Federal Crimes". Its unlikely to be a federal crime, unless you took the girl across a state line for the purpose of having sex with her, or maybe if you had sex with her on federal property, like Redstone Arsenal, which is next door to your town. However, its a very serious state crime under Alabama law to have sex with someone who is underage. There are so many possible sex offenses this might be prosecuted under that's its not possible to list them all here. If on any date you had sex with this child you were 16 years old, or older, and at least two years older than she was at the time, its much more serious, and would be prosecuted as rape in the second degree, a Class B felony. The fact that she enticed you, if that's what she did, is not a defense, and neither is being bipolar and/or not understanding the law, All of that could be true and you'd still be guilty of rape in the second degree. How long you have to worry about this is the rest of your life, because there is no statute of limitations in Alabama for rape under this set of facts. How long between the time its reported and the time they arrest you could vary, depending on how busy the police are in your town, but it won't be long at all. The only advice anyone can give you is to hire the best lawyer you can find and stop posting about it on internet forums. Do not have any further communication with the girl under any circumstances, and speak only to a lawyer about it. Anyone else you discuss it with can be compelled to come into court and testify about what you said, or wrote. Anyone.

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